New Osama Tape Blasts Obama

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2009 8:40 AM CDT
A framegrab from a video that accompanied another bin Laden taped message, Dec. 29, 2007.   (AP Photo/Intel Center)
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(Newser) – A new tape believed to be a recording of Osama bin Laden attacking President Obama for his actions in Pakistan surfaced today, CBS reports. In the audio message, which aired on al-Jazeera, bin Laden says that by encouraging Pakistan’s raids in the Swat valley, Obama has forced a million Muslims to flee their homes and “planted new seeds of hatred and vengeance towards America.”

“Obama appears to have followed the same path taken by his predecessor,” bin Laden says. In his telling, it was Obama who ordered Asif Ali Zardari to “prevent the people of Swat from implementing the Sharia law by fighting and killing them.” He subtly urges that such violence be visited in turn upon Americans, saying, “let the American people prepare to continue harvesting what their White House leaders grow.”